NEW YORK, N.Y. - Scoring goals made the Tampa Bay Lightning one of the NHL's most entertaining teams this season. Playing defence for the first time in three games has them within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history.
Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula's go-ahead goal and scored another and the Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with 2-0 victory Sunday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
INDIANAPOLIS - His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain.
Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without a job after seven frustrating seasons in NASCAR that had turned one of the baddest drivers on the planet into a struggling also-ran.
PARIS - Roger Federer was not amused.
As Federer finished an interview after his first-round French Open victory Sunday, an overzealous fan left his seat and approached the 17-time major champion right there on the main stadium court in search of the most modern of mementos — a cellphone selfie.
CANNES, France - Jacques Audiard's immigrant drama "Dheepan" has won the Palme d'Or, the top honour of the Cannes Film Festival.
The choice, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, was a shocker. "Dheepan" is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France.
The runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, went to "Son of Saul," a grim Hungarian Holocaust drama by first-time director László Nemes.
CHICAGO - Antoine Vermette turned a huge disappointment into a moment of pure joy. That is how it goes for the Chicago Blackhawks when the playoffs go to overtime.
Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second extra session, and the Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 on Saturday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.
"I'm glad he finished it for us," coach Joel Quenneville said. "That was a huge goal for us. Huge, goal, huge."
HOUSTON - Golden State coach Steve Kerr described Stephen Curry's performance Saturday night simply.
"Steph was Steph," Kerr said.
The MVP did what he does best, using his extraordinary 3-point shooting to power a 40-point game and the Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
ATLANTA - Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.
PARIS - There are two distinct sounds when Roger Federer graces the courts of Roland Garros. One is the pop of backhands and forehands kicking up puffs of red clay. The other, getting ever louder, is the scratchy tick of life's clock.
At age 33, with 34 bearing down in August, time is increasingly the enemy to Federer's quest to add to his already record haul of Grand Slam titles.
CANNES, France - "Rams," a drama set among farmers and their sheep in a remote Icelandic valley, won the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard competition on Saturday.
Jury president Isabella Rossellini said Grimur Hakonarson's film was being honoured for "treating in a masterful, tragicomic way the undeniable bond that links all humans to animals."
CANNES, France - It may be the most topical film at Cannes — but "Mediterranea" — a searing account of a desperate African migrant who travels by boat from Burkina Faso to Italy — is not just pulled from the headlines.
It's been years in the making and is based on a true story.
First time director Jonas Carpignano — who's half African-American, half-Italian — evoked the real-life experiences of his roommate and lead actor in the film, Koudous Seihon.